Linux refuses to start

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Lysander666
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Re: Linux refuses to start

Post by Lysander666 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:18 am

Pascal Illustrator wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:14 am
I can't do this because I don't understand. I don't know what a console is in Linux or what all this code means.
I'm an end user.
Unless there's an other way I don't see what else than a new install I can do?
Do you have a Linux Mint Live USB? If you do, you can boot into that, and then you should be able to clear your root partition from there [the partition which is, I'm assuming, the cause of the issue].
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Re: Linux refuses to start

Post by Pascal Illustrator » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:27 am

Oh, I see.
I can make a new startup usb stick and boot up with that. That's a good idea.
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Re: Linux refuses to start

Post by erikjan » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:43 am

On the login screen you can see what characterset you are using. Is it the same as the one you installed with? If not, can you choose the original one?

Good Luck.

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Re: Linux refuses to start

Post by Pascal Illustrator » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:51 am

I have made a startup usb stick with Mint 19.2 Cinamon now.
I did a new install. That seemed the easiest.
Now I am testing a litle bit.
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Re: Linux refuses to start

Post by Lysander666 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:51 am

Pascal Illustrator wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:51 am
I did a new install. That seemed the easiest.
What you mean is, "that was more familiar". If you had booted into the live USB you would have been able to a] quickly access all the partitions you needed to b] in a matter of seconds clear unnecessary files from the partition that was full c] retain your existing install d] learn something important about your system and e] repeat the action when it happens again, because I assure you it will happen again since you have not understood the root cause of the issue.

More familiar is not always best.
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Re: Linux refuses to start

Post by rjsrjs » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:11 am

If and when you do a complete re-install and your mint installation is working properly, launch Timeshift and make a snapshot of your new installation (system files only). If you run into problems you can restore the Timeshift snapshot onto your current Hard Drive. I've Done that many time to save my Mint installation. Timeshift comes with Linux Mint and should be in the Mint menu.
Then after using Timeshift, use Backup tool to back up your "Home" directory. I would backup both to an external hard drive. Timeshift will only copy to an Ext4 formatted drive while Backup tool will copy to a Fat32, NTFS, or a Linux formatted Ext4 drive.
When you run Timeshift it's best to run it from the booted live USB or CD.

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Re: Linux refuses to start

Post by Pascal Illustrator » Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:49 pm

Thank you for all the help.
@ Lysander666 No it was not familiar. I have installed Linux only 2 times before this with much effort, reading and watching tutorial video's.
You are right. I don't understand the cause and why this happens. Like I said before, I'm an end user.

@ rjsrjs
My data was on another drive. So there wasn't a big problem with that.
I don't take the risk to keep much data on my startup disk in Linux.

Thanks for all the feedback.
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